Soft recruit?

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  1. chan875

    chan875 New Member

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    I was recruited by West Point for a period of time for swimming. I attended the recruiting trip and loved it. Unfortunately the coach said he didn't have enough slots to blue chip me.

    I had a congressman recently check on my file and it still shows that I'm a swim recruit. Does this give me a higher chance of being accepted from the NWL?

    I have nominations and I am trip Q'd.
     
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    Basically as a potential recruit, your file was handled by the Athletics officer for admission instead of the RC. Instead of giving the file/workload back to the RC because the coach can't blue chip you, the Athletics officer is responsible for your file management as it assumes that there is some sort of personal connection there. This explains why the MOC office sees your file as a recruited athlete.

    Assuming that you didn't win your district and you are not going to get an offer as an Additional Appointee to meet the recruited athlete goal (only chipped), that means you are in the waiting game for a spot off the NWL Top 150 (stats?) or trying for one of the other class composition goals. If that is the case, your chances probably are not that high because that is tough competition. I wish I could say you would hear quickly; however, when it comes to athletes 1) coaches like to have a backup just in case and 2) the admissions officer is usually spending a lot of time late in the process with the chipped athletes working direct and USMAPS appointments. The two usually result in late notification of the TWE for the other soft recruits. Your best bet is to contact admissions and see where you stand. You'll need to talk to the Athletics admissions rep since they know more about your file as well as staying inside the NCAA rules.
     
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  3. chan875

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    Yeah I figured the chances are the slim. Either way I'm proud of making it this far in the process. Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.
     
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    Don't give up. This happened to my friend's kid last year. The coach was in hot pursuit of her for his team....told her she was a definite. Then, he found other stars that seemed brighter...and told her she wasn't getting in. Her FFR told her the same. BUT late in April, she got a call with the big news that she was indeed in. You just never know.
     
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    I'm a swim recruit also! Let me know if you get in, there's a group chat with all of us that I'll add you to (even if you may need to try out during beast). Good luck and I hope you make it!
     
  6. Starfish

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    Hi I am new but have been reading posts for a long time. I also have been now "soft"recruited after i guess regular recruited but for a different sport.i didn't know that was a term. I did go out for a visit and My file (flagged as a recruit )was supposedly strong enough to get in directly and that the coach wanted to use chips on others who weren't as strong. I have heard back from the coach almost weekly that admissions says I am definitely a strong contender to receive an appointment and they are fully supporting my file and to be patient. I am hoping the coach would say nothing instead of keep saying this if it wasn't somewhat true but the weeks keep passing and I keep reading there aren't a lot of spots left. I have secured my spot at plan B and have a full 4 year ROTC . I have been 3qd since nov and have 2 noms, i do have good stats and too good for usmaps-also both slates are competative-my state was one of the last to submit right at the deadline. The coach also said that I am very strong in my district as well but how has district winners not all been chosen yet even though competitive slates. Any thoughts or similar situations please advise and share! Thank you
     
  7. Athena

    Athena 2021 Hopeful

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    I didn't know there was such a thing as a soft recruit. I have been to USMA a few times, met with the coaches (of 2 sports), had a long meeting with the recruiting AD and both team Head Coaches (individually and together), and met some of the girls on both of the teams. My portal does not indicate recruit, should it? My mom and I left USMA with the impression that I am or will be "chipped." I maybe "soft recruited." How would I know if I'm chipped or soft recruited?
     
  8. 845something

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    You won't know until you have a LOA or an appointment.
     
  9. ShinySalamence

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    I'm a swim recruit as well for this year! I can tell you I was a soft recruit as well, no LOA, no bluechip but I still got in. Hope for the best and keep working hard. I hope to see you at BEAST this summer and I wish you the best of luck getting in.
     
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    You say that you were also a "soft recruit", who "classified" you as that? Was it a coach at the academy, yourself, your parent(s)? What makes a person a "soft recruit" (no LOA or bluechip)? I'm only asking this because I had never heard that term before from an academy before this thread.
     
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    ShineySalamance, I'm a swim recruit as well and I'm a 'soft recruit'. Still waiting to hear back... Would you mind sharing your GPA, class rank and SAT/ACT scores just so I can possibly see where I may be at in the admissions process?
     
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    I was told that I would be a soft recruit by the head coach, as in they would not help me through the process by talking to admissions about it. I received no LOA or bluechip as a confirmation of that decision. I went through the admissions process practically untouched. My GPA on a 4.0 scales is around a 3.9, my school does not give class ranks and my ACT score was a 33 or a 34 if super scored.
     
  13. 845something

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    Coaches know about what scores will get someone an offer in most cases. If you are pushing a 99th percentile test score at a school that doesn't rank, you've got the leadership capability to get in and the desire to focus on only/primarily West Point, they aren't going to use a chip on you. Simple math, especially for larger teams that need a bunch of athletes like track and swimming, since they can't recruit all of their needs.
     
  14. Starfish

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    845- that is my situation exactly, but with a 31 ACT and recruited for another sport and I am still patiently waiting. Coach told me this week they are optimistic I will receive an appointment ..... But no guarantees. Very hard waiting but will be worth it'
     
  15. time2

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    Coaches probably see a lot of potential athletes during the application process. They can only exert their pull on a limited number of them and that varies by sport. You are either being recruited or your aren't. Sounds like the coach is being diplomatic about no longer recruiting you. SAT/ACT scores are only one part of the formula used by SA's.
     
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